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GMAT Mental Math Practice

Back then in high school, I couldn’t concentrate properly during math class. This was because I was always calculating the solutions to the maths problems boldly written on the board. Still, I wasn’t able to achieve the speed required for me to do well in my tests.

But the moment I realized how to better calculate that problem in my head— without writing it on paper before getting the answer, I was able to get better scores.


That’s why I’ve carefully written these to guide you. You’ll be able to do well in your GMAT when you engage in these mental math practices.

So first things first… What’s the Gmat mental math practice all about.

Let’s get started with that.

What Is The Gmat Mental Math Practice About?

Let’s talk about what Mental Math Practice is before diving into how to get better at practicing GMAT Mental Math.


Generally, the ability to solve math problems logically without writing on paper or using calculators is referred to as Mental Math Practice.  Via this, you can understand concepts in math and provide the right answer after thoroughly thinking about it.

Life would seem hard for you when you are not able to think logically— do simple mental math practice that would help you to perform appropriately in your day-to-day activities.

How would you feel if you had to carry a calculator or pen and paper around all because you want to calculate the expenses you’ll use?

This leads us to the next part.

How Can I Get Better At Practicing GMAT Mental Math?

You wouldn’t want to start with a bad habit of always using a calculator for any of your calculations. So you can get acquainted with it, it’s advised you begin using no calculator whatsoever when you practice GMAT question type.

Also, practice doing math daily in your head during your day-to-day activities such as calculation of a discount of any product, shopping, e.t.c. This would eventually pay off when you take the GMAT even though it might take you a great amount of time( a slow pace) during your first practice.

Here’s a less complex way to calculate the percentage on GMAT. You’ll not see complex percentages like 17% of 12593 or 47.11%, the numbers will not be that complex but they’ll be complex enough— to require you to scribble down a few steps on paper. This works for all percent calculations—saving you from doing the common way of calculation that you can easily make mistakes on.


This works for all percent’s.

An easy one is 10%. Say you’re to find 10% of $142, you take the decimal(142.00) and move it over to the left once making it $14.20.

Another example is to find 1% of $142. Starting with $142, you move the decimal over to the left twice making it $1.42

The next example is to find 50% of $142. You take half of the number you’re asked to find. In this case, the number is $142. Half of $142 is $71. It. There you have it!

The last example is to find 5%.  Simply move the decimal over to the left once and you get $7.10. (5% is one-tenth of 50%)

Lastly, if you’re asked to find its 16%. All you have to do is: Add 10% to 5% and 1% (10% + 5% + 1%), find 25%— Split 50% in half, or find 31% ({10% × 3} + 10%).


You’ll be able to sense what’s going on with numbers which is what GMAT is about— the relationship between calculations. Most importantly, it’ll become more natural once you practice it all the time.

What Are 5 Study Habits That Produce Success On The GMAT?

Surprisingly, you may find some of these study habits likely outside of the box and evident. What are they?

1.   Read More (30 Minutes Per Day).

You’re able to control the amount of time you read before test day. Why not increase this amount by 30 minutes daily.

Pick something outside your convenience— Reading Comprehension Passage Types on the GMAT like Academic journals, archeology, foreign affairs, or government. This will improve your Reading Comprehension.

2.   Learn And Practice Daily.

Do something that improves your GMAT skills daily. Instead of cramming once a week, try building through a certain sharpness because you need that consistent action of learning and practice.

Focus on the learning part as much as the practicing part— through taking a course from a professional that would teach you properly or from official GMAT textbooks. Solve as many GMAT questions as you can.

3.   Take Pains.

During your practice, never give up early— avoid turning to the answer page too early. You won’t be allowed to do it on your test day. If you’re used to it already, chances are you will get uncomfortable or nervous!

The best learning happens during breakthrough from mental leap— It remains permanent!

4.   Take 1 Practice Test Per Week.

You’ve been practicing daily. Practice is fun, game day is better! Let’s take a measure of how you’re doing— Have you improved? Has your time management gotten better?

5.   Express Gratitude.

Appears funny, right? But look, it’s a privilege that you got the opportunity to prepare for the GMAT.

So, be grateful! You’d be amazed at the doors this would open to you.


I’m glad you got to the end of this article. How did you find this guide? Informative? Practical? Or helpful?

I’d love to know in the comment section.

Thank you for reading through.


What Math Skills Do You Need For GMAT?

Geometry, Algebra, Word Problems, and Arithmetic.

Is GMAT Math Hard?

Yes! GMAT Math is hard. But like I said before, during your practice, learn the relationships between the numbers.

How Long Should I Study For GMAT?

For 2-3 months.

Is The GMAT An IQ Test?

No, it’s not an IQ Test.

Does The GMAT Make You Smarter?

Yes, the GMAT makes you smarter— since you would think hard before answering any question.


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